Scott Harkema

Teaching Associate
Graduate Student

Chronologically, my philosophical interests lie in the history of philosophy, primarily constrained to the early modern period. I have always been partial to the systematic (rather than fragmentary and specialized) treatment of philosophical questions, and studying the history of philosophy affords the opportunity to more easily observe and participate in philosophy practiced as a systematic enterprise. I also enjoy the interpretation of historical texts, deploying both broadly contextual and analytic methodologies in the construction of interpretation. Topically, my interests fall primarily in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaethics, and metaphilosophy. I am also fascinated by the lives of the philosophers whom I study, and am an avid reader of their autobiographies, correspondence, and non-philosophical writings.

Areas of Expertise
  • History of Early Modern
  • History of Philosophy of Mind
  • History of Moral Philosophy
  • History of American Philosophy
Education
  • B.A. Philosophy, Religion (minor Greek) Calvin College, 2014
  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Mississippi, 2016

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